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RESOURCE ALLOCATION: The process of dividing up and distributing available, limited resources to competing, alternative uses that satisfy unlimited wants and needs. Given that world is rampant with scarcity (unlimited wants and needs, but limited resources), every want and need cannot be satisfied with available resources. Choices have to be made. Some wants and needs are satisfied, some are not. These choices, these decisions are the resource allocation process. An efficient resource allocation exists if society has achieved the highest possible level of satisfaction of wants and needs from the available resources AND resources can not be allocated differently to achieve any greater satisfaction.

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STAGES OF PRODUCTION: The three stages of production characterized by the slope and shape of the total product curve. The first stage is characterized by an increasingly positive slope. The second stage by a decreasingly positive slope. And the third stage by a negative slope. Because the slope of the total product curve IS marginal product, these three stages are also seen with marginal product. In Stage I, marginal product is positive and increasing. In Stage II, marginal product is positive, but decreasing. And in Stage III, marginal product is negative.

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DEMAND

The willingness and ability to buy a range of quantities of a good at a range of prices, during a given time period. Demand is an inverse relation between price (demand price) and quantity (quantity demanded). Demand is one half of the market exchange process--the other is supply. This demand side of the market draws inspiration from the unlimited wants and needs dimension of the scarcity problem.

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